Beni Bischof

Switzerland (1976)
Biennale Images Vevey
BBB (Beni Bischof Bar)

The unique Beni Bischof uses photography to divert images found in the press or on the Internet. His photomontages, where flying cars, mutant cats and cosmic sausages coexist through absurd digital interventions and manipulations, humorously challenge visitors’ visual habits. Hundreds of propositions by this artist from Saint-Gallen turned the Festival Images official bar into an immersive artistic installation with a neo-punk spirit: the BBB (Beni Bischof Bar), serving Beni Bischof Beer and Beni Bischof Bratwurst. For the occasion, the artist and Images Vevey co-published a special issue of his fanzine Laser Magazin.

Biennale Images Vevey
Intensity intensifies

Beni Bischof’s Intensity intensifies series of GIFs was specifically made for Instagram. During the general confinement imposed in spring 2020, this Swiss artist felt a compulsive urge to use this format to create hundreds of animated images. The artist posted them as Instagram stories, hence they automatically disappear after 24 hours. Following a Dadaist approach mixed with a neo-punk spirit, Beni Bischof’s irreverent compositions are both a comment on consumer society and a reminder of the standardisation of images that saturate social media. A large selection of his digital series is screened opposite Vevey’s Astor cinema, built in the 1950s. It is as funny as it is absurd, and fascinatingly insolent.